Queensland String Concert Guide

Find all your local String Concerts in one place. String Concert Guide for Brisbane, South East Queensland and Northern NSW.
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Monique Clare with cello trio @ Little Stanley Street Lawns
Dec 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Monique Clare is a cello-wielding singer-songwriter, hailing from the foothills of Mount Cootha. Between a classical cello degree, a Gregorian Chant-infused upbringing, a Beyonce obsession and ongoing explorations into traditional folk from Scotland, Sweden, and the US, her songs are a melting pot of eclectic influences. This year sees her embarking on a solo project after years of playing in various folk bands including The Mulberry Collective, Maja and Rhiannon & Monique.

This performance is part of Brisbane’s free live music program, City Sounds. As part of City Sounds, South Bank hosts free live music performances Saturday from 3-8pm. The artists change each week, so there’s always to plenty of new music to enjoy. For more information, head to the official City Sounds homepage.

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Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm

Two Evenings Celebrating Two Decades of Musical Adventures

14 albums, hundreds of original works, countless national/international tours and far-reaching acclaim – Topology has had quite the adventure since their DIY beginnings in the Brisbane underground scene in 1997. Their distinct combination of piano, strings and saxophone, with influences from chamber music, pop, jazz, electronica, orchestral and progressive rock, has enchanted audiences for 20 years, and they show no sign of slowing down.In TOPOLOGY@TWENTY they reflect on their creative journey thus far – from cross-genre experimentation to innovation in speech melody, composing for dance, puppetry and theatre to developing their own theatrical performance modes. Topology celebrates this milestone over two evenings with two very different programs, each night presenting highlights from each decade of original repertoire and a few surprise appearances by some their favourite collaborators.

PROGRAM FOR 9 DEC: 2008-2017

In addition to being their most prolific era, it is in this decade where Topology began to branch out into cross-artform experimentation, with many works commissioned for dance and theatre. This evening will feature music created for Expressions Dance Company’s “R&J”, Queensland Ballet’s “Live Attitude”, and Topology’s own venture into theatrical storytelling, their “Ten Hands” and ARIA-nominated “Share House”.

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Wild Silk Strings Project (9 piece) @ Doo-bop jazz Bar
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
WILD SILK STRINGS PROJECT, a 9-piece ensemble led by internationally acclaimed vocalist Ingrid James and award-winning pianist/composer Louise Denson, offers a rich program of songs from around the world, drawn from folk, jazz, Brasilian, pop, and classical repertoire. They were the featured Australian artists in the 2016 Wimbledon International Music Festival and have performed at Noosa Jazz Festival, Brisbane International Jazz Festival, BEMAC, Brisbane Jazz Club and Ipswich Civic Centre.

Featured in the group is Todd Harrison (drums, USA), Miroslav Bukovsky (trumpet, Canberra); John Mackey (tenor sax, Canberra); Andrew Shaw (bass); Danielle Bentley (cello); Richard Grantham (viola); Eugenie Costello (violin).

Jazz has always incorporated melodies and rhythms from other musical cultures, making it a perfect medium to give expression to universal stories. The lyrics and melodies tell stories about the lives of fisherman in Brazilian villages, spring in Rio de Janeiro, a Finnish soldier leaving his loved one behind in WW1, and universal themes of love, longing, nostalgia, hope and joy. These stories are set to samba, bossa-nova, cha-cha-cha, bolero, funk, and swing rhythms. Included are exciting jazz arrangements of songs made famous by iconic artists such as Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Gordon Lightfoot, The Beatles and Supertramp.

WILD SILK has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland (Queensland Arts Showcase Program) to record their first album, to be released in 2018 and this performance at Doo-Bop Jazz Bar is on the night before they head into the studio to record!

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Baroque Chamber Music in Albert Street Uniting Church @ Albert Street Uniting Church
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm

Join the Brisbane Baroque Players for their Final Concert for 2017 in Albert Street Uniting Church, Brisbane City on Sunday 10th December 2017 at 2:00pm. The concert will feature chamber music by Kapsberger, Fontana, Falconieri, Boismortier and other composers performed on period instruments and directed by world-renowned baroque trumpeter, John Foster. Free Entry (Gold Coin donations appreciated). There is no need to book tickets, just attend on the day.

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Estampa – Presented by Brisbane Jazz Club @ Brisbane Jazz Club
Dec 14 @ 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Evoking visions of Parisian laneways, South American sensuality and the unbridled joy of European folk music, Estampa delivers an energetic, internationally-inspired performance on violin, voice, guitar, accordion and double-bass. This performance is also the CD launch of Estampa’s first album Postcards.

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Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club @ Red Hill Community Sports Club
Dec 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month at Red Hill Community Sports Club, 22 Fulcher Road, Red Hill. Contact Emma Nixon emma@emmanixon.com.au for details.

Advanced Fiddle Club night is on from 7:00 – 9:00pm at Red Hill Community Sports Club. Level 1 Theory for Folk class is on in the same venue from 6:00 -6:45pm.

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Ecstasy: Baroque and Beyond – Presented by Badinerie Players @ UQ Art Museum
Dec 15 @ 6:30 pm

You’re invited to another free concert sponsored by our wonderful friends at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at the University of Queensland.


6.30pm, Friday 15 December at the UQ Art Museum (formerly Mayne Hall)

and you are invited for drinks from 6pm. Places are limited, please register for your free ticket at


The concert is meant to reflect the current exhibition at the museum, which is

Ecstasy: Baroque and Beyond


Well since Baroque is our thing, we won’t be going beyond, no thank you! But we will try to reflect the theme with music from the seventeenth century in stylus phantasticus, an ecstatic and rhapsodic style of the time before Bach, Mozart and co. introduced their clear, ordered structures. It’s mostly Italian music, but there will also be music by one of our favourite original English geniuses, William Lawes, and also a rare performance of one of Biber’s “Mysteries of the Rosary” sonatas.

Hope to see you there!

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BEMAC presents WORLD MUSIC CAFE: The Shenzo Gregorio Trio & MZAZA @ Queensland Multicultural Centre
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

BEMAC’s World Music Cafe is back by popular demand. The fundraiser concert for Motor Neurone Disease.

Back by popular request after their sold out show with Vardos earlier this year, gypsy folk favourites MZAZA return to the BEMAC stage for a special edition World Music Café on Friday, December 15.

Just back from an 18 date regional tour the two-time Queensland Music Award winners are looking forward to premiering some new songs and delighting fans with older favourites.

Always in good company, these enchanting musicians from Australia and four corners of Europe bring another talented friend in tow – brilliant violinist Shenzo Gregorio, best known for his work in the Shenzo’s Electric Stunt Orchestra, Fourplay and for his appearances in projects such as the Doch Gypsy Orchestra and Flamenco Fire.

For this special World Music Café, Shenzo joins the bill at the helm of a gypsy jazz trio that will take you back to the Paris hot clubs of the 1930s.


Award-winning six-piece MZAZA provides Balkan French sounds for vodka-drinking, sophisticated folk lovers around the world. Lead by enchanting French-Sephardic vocalist Pauline Maudy, this group of talented musicians from Bosnia, Latvia, Greece, Turkey, France and Australia will mesmerise you with inspired performances and draw you into a world that knows no borders.

The impressive musicianship of MZAZA – realised with accordion, violin, percussion, double bass and guitar – has enraptured audiences in Europe and Australia at MONA FOMA, Queensland Music Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Pflasterspektakal Festival and visited airwaves internationally.

Shenzo Gregorio

Shenzo Gregorio has been performing professionally for almost 20 years. Career highlights include performing at NYC World famous Carnegie Hall with Fourplay String Quartet and Author Neil Gaiman. He’s a leader in his field of jazz and world styles having performed in Russia, Brazil, Asia, India, parts of Europe and all over Australia at various festivals.

Shenzo has performed in concert with Natalie Cole, Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer, James Morrison, Lyndon Terrachini, Elena Kats-Chernin, Graeme Connors, Casey Donavan, William Barton, Katie Noonan, Johnny Diesel, The Ten Tenors, Il Divo, Shellie Morris, and supported international acts such as Mariah Carey, Mike Patton, Leo Kottke, and the Buena Vista Social Club.

He’s recorded on some 50 + albums and received numerous awards for his work, including the Golden Fiddle award for best band -Fourplay String Quartet, Best of the Fringe award at the 2002 Adelaide Fringe festival, Aria award winner for his work on Monsieur Camembert’s third album and Three Helpmann award nominations for his work with Adelaide Circus Company – Gravity and other Myths.

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FALSE COGNATE – Presented by Kupka’s Piano  @ Judith Wright Centre
Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm – 8:40 pm

In a post-truth world, where words can no longer be trusted, can we instead say it with music?

Guest horn player Deepa Goonetillike – Brisbane-born and Frankfurt-based – joins Kupka’s Piano to present works that resolve to mutual outcomes despite their unlikely differences. With its title taken from Australian composer Dan Thorpe’s 2016 work [ false cognate ] for amplified bass flute and electric guitar, the final concert in Kupka’s ‘Words Fail’ series explores the breakdown of verbal communication and comfort found in unfamiliar situations.

On the program is a mix of recent and new works from Australia and abroad. György Ligeti’s Horn Trio, subtitled as an “Hommage à Brahms” after the old master’s work for the same unusual instrumentation (horn, violin, and piano). Ligeti’s Trio highlights a mix of influences that assisted the composer in emerging from a crippling writer’s block, including ironic distorted motifs, rhythms influenced by polymetric African music, and the sonic challenges presented by matching the equal-tempered piano with the natural-tempered horn. Brian Ferneyhough’s Flurries is written for sextet, the ensemble is grouped into three intricate and contrasting duos that gradually morph into two antiphonal trios, attempting to converse with each other in different textural languages. The program will also feature an exciting world premiere by Australian composer Samantha Wolf.

Do not miss your chance to see Brisbane’s own Kupka’s Piano one last time for 2017 at the Judy!

Gyorgy Ligeti // Horn Trio

Simon Steen-Andersen // Beside Besides

Dan Thorpe // [ false cognate ]

Samantha Wolf // New Work

Brian Ferneyhough // Flurries

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Christmas Miracles – Presented by Qld Medical Orchestra @ Performing Arts Centre
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm

December is the month for our most-loved concert of the year. Again with the beautiful voices of QMC, it will be an afternoon of Christmas magic, fairy tales and of course, our favourite carols. This concert is traditionally packed to a full-house, so don’t forget to purchase your tickets early, and join the QMO Family for another heart-warming afternoon celebrating Christmas for charity

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Woodford Folk Festival @ Woodfordia
Dec 27 – Dec 31 all-day

The Woodford Folk Festival, an event of international standing, is held annually over six days and six nights from Dec 27th through to January 1st. More than 2000 performers and 438 events are programmed featuring local, national and international guests.This year will be the 31st Woodford Folk Festival and the 23rd held at Woodfordia.

The festival programme features concerts, dances, street theatre, writers’ panels, film festival, comedy sessions, acoustic jams, social dialogue and debate, folk medicine, an entire children’s festival, an environmental programme featuring talks, debates and films, art and craft workshops, circus performances and workshops, late night cabarets, parades and special events including a spectacular fire event.

Within the festival village you can find 35 performance venues, of which 18 are all weather. The festival streets are lined with restaurants, cafes, stalls, bars, street theatre and parades. Tree-filled campgrounds, butterfly walks, ponds and wildlife complete the picturesque site.

The festival appeals to a diverse audience with all ages and many nationalities attracted each year. The event is powered by an army of volunteers whose numbers are now in excess of 2300.


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Dec 31 @ 5:30 pm

5:30 and 9 pm
2 hours and 30 min


New Year’s Eve is the big night in Brisbane when we rejoice in the year gone by and welcome the new one in. Where better to celebrate than in the Concert Hall at QPAC with the Queensland Pops Orchestra! Make an occasion of it, dress up, bling up, join family and friends for a wonderful concert and embrace the start of the New Year with the best views of Brisbane’s fireworks.

There will be two performances of the New Year’s Eve Gala concert, the first at 5:30pm and the second at 9pm. This year the concert will feature internationally renowned tenor Rosario La Spina, soprano Katie Stenzel, dancers Dylan Lackey and Alysha Martignago from Queensland Ballet, and young violin virtuoso Cherin Lee, along with the full Pops Orchestra.

This is your best “A list” New Year’s Eve event with the best venue, the best entertainment and the most glamourous, fun filled night to remember.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE 17 – ROARING 20’S w Melissa Western,Tnee Dyer, Malcolm Wood, Shenzo Gregorio,Luke McIntosh,Jacob Mann @ Brisbane Jazz Club
Dec 31 2017 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 1 2018 @ 1:00 am

New Year’s Eve by the Brisbane River is always spectacular at the BJC and 2017 we’re throwing a wild 20s party filled with decadence and surprise! Our hot band kicks off with a set of old time, feel-good blues led by Tnee Dyer followed by hit cabaret show ‘The Roaring Twenties’ featuring singer/actor Melissa Western. Meet fabulous characters like diva Greta Weill from Berlin, Big Mamma bringing the blues from New Orleans, Parisian showgirl Coco L’amure, and New York moll Mae Kelly. The lead up to midnight is a final set of uptempo hot jazz featuring Malcolm Wood (trumpet) and Shenzo Gregorio (violin) to usher in the new year.

Come dressed in 20s style and become the speakeasy set celebrating the Roaring Twenties in a smoky, authentic experience of twenties hedonism.

The Roaring Twenties cabaret has toured extensively through Queensland to rapturous crowds and is inspired by the thrilling hedonism of film releases including The Great Gatsby, Midnight in Paris and Chicago. NYE at the BJC will charm you into the smoky, glitzy, ritzy speakeasy lifestyle of the hot Jazz Age.

Enjoy a sumptuous three course meal prepared by Story Bridge Hotel chefs and dance the night away to the dynamic Melissa Western (vox), Tnee Dyer (keys/vox), Malcom Wood (trumpet/vox), Shenzo Gregorio (violin), Luke McIntosh (bass), Jacob Mann (drums).

With a wild cabaret, fabulous style, dancing and more, don’t miss this spectacular party!

Doors open 6.00pm – 1.00 am

Please be seated by 7.00pm

Band 7.30pm to 11.55pm and then countdown to Midnight with Auld Lang Syne and a great view of the riverside fireworks from our deck



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Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club @ Red Hill Community Sports Club
Jan 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month at Red Hill Community Sports Club, 22 Fulcher Road, Red Hill. Contact Emma Nixon emma@emmanixon.com.au for details.

Advanced Fiddle Club night is on from 7:00 – 9:00pm at Red Hill Community Sports Club. Level 1 Theory for Folk class is on in the same venue from 6:00 -6:45pm.

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Moreton Celtic Fiddle Club @ Mango Hill community hall,
Jan 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Held once a month for all keen fiddlers, cellists, guitarists, and musicians in the community.
You will need to bring Your fiddle, Cello, guitar, mandolin, tin whistle, recorder, Harp, Bodhran, double bass, banjo, viola and a music stand!
We many have performances we are preparing for:
see Upcoming Events page for details.
We have fun, learn tunes and meet others with the same interest.
First Friday of every month

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Music by the Sea Festival @ Various Locations
Jan 6 all-day

Welcome to the 16th Music By The Sea
Free Festival Cafe Series at Matthew Thomas Cafe  –  50 Eagle Terrace, Sandgate (10am – 11am, 12am – 1pm)

EclecTea Vintage Cafe  –  15 Gladstone St, Brighton (6pm – 7pm)

Ticketed concerts at Sandgate Town Hall

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Jan 7 – Jan 13 all-day

Welcome to the contemporary McGregor Music Summer 2018 Retreat
\The Australian music industry is ever evolving, and at McGregor so are we!

At McGregor Music, active industry professionals will help you uncover your musical potential – no matter your instrument, speciality or skill level.

This seven-day music retreat, hosted in Toowoomba, is built on a framework able to facilitate musicians regardless of their experience with tutors ready to guide you to that next level sound, and inspire you to create, collaborate and connect.

Musicians will gain exposure to the many career pathways and performance options available within the contemporary music world through solo or ensemble performance, studio recording, behind the scenes snippets and teaching.

So if you’re an aspiring talent, a passionate artist or simply a hobbyist looking to master your instrument McGregor Music has something for you!

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Intermediate Celtic Sessions @ Finbar's Lounge Bar (Sunshine Coast)
Jan 7 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

1st & 3rd Sundays 1pm – 4pm


Musicians and Audience Welcome

Tunes played include BBS, NFF Session Experience, Maleny Tunes Class &
other common tunes at a moderate pace. Playing by ear encouraged.

More Info: Kate Fraser 07 5499 9172 Email

Maleny Tunes Class – Wednesdays

Maleny Presbyterian Hall, Cedar Street, Maleny

Mainly Irish Tunes taught slowly by ear, slower and more advanced learning catered for.

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Darol Anger, Monique Clare and The Republic of Strings @ MAGDA COMMUNITY ARTZ INC
Jan 7 @ 5:00 pm
Darol is at home in all sorts of musical genres, and renowned for his experimentation and genre-bending playfulness. Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Darol has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous ground breaking ensembles – including his Republic of Strings. With Brisbane award winning cellist, Monique Clare, it’ll be a great way to chill in the new year! Don’t miss his one public gig in Qld: at Magda’ s

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Darol Anger and The Republic of Strings   (USA)
Jan 8 @ 5:00 pm

-also featuring The Barkers Vale Brothers (comedy/folk)  and Lowana Davies (circus artist)

Adults-$30 Kids-$15 (includes meal)

A night of the highest quality acoustic music, spectacular circus and organic food.

Featuring the incredible Darol Anger and the Republic of Strings (USA) The Barkers Vale Brothers (AUS) and Lowana Davies (Trapeze and Aerials)

The menu is organic food largely grown on the Big Sky Farm property and lovingly prepared by Genevieve Davies and her talented kitchen team.

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